EPHRATA, Wash. - The two-year-old boy who was hospitalized last week due to suspected child abuse or neglect is in critical and stable condition. He remains on life support in Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His siblings are in good condition in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate, and all major crimes detectives are committed to this case. There may not be much more information to publicly share soon, but we will release information when we can and when it does not run the risk of compromising any criminal case.
We ask the public for help in two ways. First, we continue to pray for this child, and we ask others to continue to pray for him, too. Second, we ask the public to remain patient with investigators as they continue to gather information on this case.
This case will require a great amount of investigative work, and there are a lot of questions which we need to get answers for. It will take time to do this work, and we ask the public to remain supportive of the child, his siblings and our detectives.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM GRANT COUNTY/MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Grant County detectives are investigating a suspected case of child abuse or neglect which has left a two-year-old Moses Lake boy on life support.
Deputies, AMR paramedics and Fire District 5 EMTs were called around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday May 9 to a home near Moses Lake. Responders found a two-year-old boy, who appeared extremely malnourished, with no heartbeat. Firefighters gave CPR, and paramedics were able to get the boy's heart beating again. He was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and then flown by MedStar to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he remains on life support.
When he was admitted to the hospital, the boy weighed less than 10 lbs. In comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the average weight range of a two-year-old boy in the United States is 34 to 48 lbs.
One of the investigating detectives, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, says it's the worst case of child abuse or neglect he has ever seen.
Detectives served a search warrant on the home Wednesday night and gathered several pieces of evidence. Four other children who live at the home, a 14-year-old boy and three girls ages 10, 7 and 4, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The investigation is open and continues.